CHRIST JESUS, LORD OF THE SABBATH
READING: Mark 2: 23-28
23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?
26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
The Gospels of Matthew and Luke contain the above passage but do not include the phrase, “in the days of Abiathar the high priest. 1 Samuel 21: 1-9 outline the instance referred to by David and does not mention Abiathar but rather his father Ahimelech. Mark’s Gospel captures the work of Redemption from the perspective of the Jesus, the Sacrifice. Jesus left a sacred clue to believers as to why he said Abiathar rather than Ahimelech. Not only was Abiathar the only one of the priests to escape the Saul-ordered massacre by Doeg, the Edomite, but the secret for the believer is also hidden in his name versus his father’s name. Ahimelech means my brother is king. Through His shed blood, Jesus hath made us kings and priests unto God and father (Revelation 1:6). Believers can now say that we are kings as well as our Brother. On the other hand, Abiathar means my Father is great. With the Work accomplished we can each declare my Father is great! Jesus prayed that we all would be one as He and Father are One. He did not want us to separate the Life Substance that flows within them and us. What is true of our Brother is true of us, and He desires that we walk in the Spirit and Power of what that means.